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Businessweek Criticizes Decision to Allow China to Process U.S. Chicken

Bettina Siegel and Nancy Huehnergarth

Jan 11, 2014 — In a scathing piece, Bloomberg Businessweek sharply criticized the USDA's August, 2013 decision to allow China to process poultry from the U.S., Canada and Chile and then ship the processed product back to the U.S. for human consumption. Reporter Adam Minter wrote:

"For more than a decade, China has earned a reputation as one of the world’s worst food-safety offenders. In just the last year, consumers have been confronted with a bird flu outbreak, news of sales of 46-year-old chicken feet and reports of poisonous fake mutton. These are not isolated incidents, but rather the most spectacular instances of a crisis that has become so severe that some consumers now smuggle quantities of infant milk formula from foreign countries into China so as to avoid buying potentially tainted Chinese dairy products."

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